Six events in the Milwaukee area marking the 20th anniversary of September 11


Twenty years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, communities across the region are preparing to remember the events that changed the world and shook our nation.

On that day, nearly 3,000 people were killed when 19 Al-Qaida hijackers took control of four airliners, sending two of the planes into New York’s World Trade Center, one in the Pentagon and the fourth in a field in western Pennsylvania.

September 11 falls on a Saturday this year. Take the time to stop by one of these community events.

Milwaukee to Kewaskum Bike Ride

The Medal of Honor Memorial Race in honor of September 11 is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on September 11 at the Milwaukee War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive.

This hike will be led by Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel and War Memorial Center President and CEO Dan Buttery. The ride will depart from the war memorial and end at Kewaskum, Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial, 1308 Fond Du Lac Ave.

For more information on this free event, visit


The 20th anniversary of September 11 commemorative event in Lisbon is scheduled for September 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Lisbon City Hall, W234 N8676 Woodside Road.

The event will feature bagpipe music, an overview of the history of the City of Lisbon’s 9/11 project and speakers including Waukesha County Director Paul Farrow, speaker Diane Matuszak and Reverend Florin Docca of the Agape community church.

Water and cupcakes will be provided.

This event is free to the public. For more information, visit

Menomonee Falls

Open house and commemoration of firefighters: Menomonee Falls Fire Department Station 3, W140 N7501 Lilly Road, will host a 20 years commemoration with guest speakers starting at 8 a.m. on September 11. After the event, there will be a fire hall open house from 9 a.m. to noon.

Religious service of remembrance: Falls Baptist Church, N69 W12703 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, will host a special church service at 10:45 a.m. on September 12. According to its website, it will be a day to remember those who lost their lives and to pay tribute to rescuers. The event will feature a biblical message and patriotic gospel music. An indoor barbecue is planned after the service. RSVP is recommended at


Mukwonago High School Social Studies Department and History Club are preparing the 20th anniversary commemorations of September 11th.

Community members are invited to share their experiences via a form at

On September 8, MHS students and teachers will build a display with nearly 3,000 American flags to represent the lives lost on September 11, 2001. The display will include flags, photos and the names of all those killed. in terrorist attacks and will be installed in front of Mukwonago High School, 605 W. Veterans Way, Mukwonago. Community members are encouraged to drive or walk past the exhibit until its conclusion on Thursday, September 16. For more information on these commemorations, contact Maura Frenn at or call 262-363-6200 ext. 25222.


Milwaukee remembers the 9/11 hero blood drive: People are encouraged to donate blood in honor of the heroes of September 11 at a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 11 at the Palm Garden and 102 Ballroom at Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. , Milwaukee.

Donors will receive a limited September 11 20th anniversary t-shirt while supplies last. To make an appointment, visit

Art gallery fundraiser to honor first responders: During this art gallery fundraising experience, photographers Scott Carnahan and JJ Johnson will feature images of local firefighters. Several large prints will be available for submission.

This free event is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on September 11 at Story Hill Firehouse, 407 N. Hawley Road, Milwaukee. There will be a full cash / credit bar with appetizers donated. Profits will go to Ignite The Spirit Milwaukee and Milwaukee Fire Honor Guard Inc.

For more information and to register, visit


The village of Saukville will be hosting a 9/11 commemorative event on September 11. A memorial parade will begin at 6 pm at the Saukville Fire Department, 520 W. Dekora St., and continue to Grady Park, followed by a memorial program at the baseball field. The event is sponsored by the Saukville Fire Department and American Legion Post 470 in Saukville.


Catholic Memorial High School, 601 E. College Ave., Waukesha, will host a ceremony honoring those lost in the 9/11 terrorist attacks from 10 am to 11:30 am The event includes a ceremony, the presentation of artwork, prayer and presentation of a banner to display in front of the school.

Cathy Kozlowicz can be reached at 262-361-9132 or Follow her on Twitter at @kozlowicz_cathy.

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